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Everything You Need to Find Out From Your Wrongful Death Attorney in Ann Arbor

By Daniel T. Geherin

When your loved one is killed by the negligent, intentional, or criminal act of another person or entity, your family may be able to bring a Wrongful Death lawsuit. When a death occurs, a victim’s family should consult with a civil litigation law firm that has experience in handling wrongful death cases and that can answer the following questions properly:

“What laws govern wrongful deaths in Michigan?”

MCL Section 600.2922 is known as the “Wrongful Death Act,” and it governs who can file, which family members have priority to do so, the legal procedures and requirements for filing, and the types of compensation that can be received in a lawsuit.  

“Are there deadlines for filing a Wrongful Death lawsuit in Michigan?”

Yes. For many of the most common actions, including automobile accidents, the statute of limitations is three (3) years after the death. Some actions, including governmental liability, require filing within two (2) years.  It’s important to consult with a specialized attorney soon after the tragic death of your loved one to avoid missing deadlines, but also to obtain/preserve evidence that might be important to the preparation of the case.

“What damages are available in a Wrongful Death Lawsuit?”

The Michigan Wrongful Death Act lists categories of damages to which the surviving members might be entitled, including medical expenses, funeral/burial expenses, lost income, lost companionship, and pain and suffering.

“What type of Wrongful Death lawsuits do you handle?”

There are many common types of Wrongful Death Lawsuits, including the following:

• Automobile accidents; motorcycle/pedestrian accidents

• Death caused by negligent/careless drivers

• Death caused by drunk drivers

• Intentional and accidental shootings

• Slip/fall and defective products

• Dog attacks leading to death

• Medical negligence/malpractice

• Work-related and construction deaths

At Geherin Law Group, our firm typically handles Wrongful Death claims arising out of the “criminally-negligent” act of another.  So, in a nutshell, if a person is killed by the wrongful acts of another (for example, by a drunk or distracted driver), we bring our 30+ years’ collective experience both inside and outside the courtroom to bring our clients the personal justice they deserve. If a person is killed by the negligence of a medical provider, we typically work hand-in-hand with malpractice specialists to bring the team an added boost of trial experience.

“Why are you a good fit for our Wrongful Death case?”

The Geherin Law Group (GLG Michigan) is a TRIAL-BASED, personal justice law firm in Ann Arbor that handles criminal and civil litigation, including representing family members whose loved one is killed by the “criminally-negligent” behavior of others. To us, it’s personal. That’s more than our slogan. We fight every day, in and out of court, to bring justice to families who have suffered the most tragic type of personal legal crisis—the wrongful death of their family member.  

Attorney Daniel T. Geherin has achieved the highest rating—AV Preeminent—for ethics and ability by Martindale-Hubbell. He has been named by SuperLawyers, Detroit Business, and Leading Lawyers Magazine.  He has a 10/10 “Superb” Rating by and currently has over 60 5-star client reviews. In short, he’s a dedicated, respected, and ethical trial attorney who fights every day for those who need it most.  

Have questions about a possible Wrongful Death Lawsuit in Ann Arbor? Please call Dan Geherin, a wrongful death attorney in Ann Arbor at (734) 263-2780 or email us at  We offer free telephone, office or hospital consultations; we use contingency fee agreements where we don’t collect a dime unless you do; and we only accept wrongful death cases where we feel confident in bringing family members the justice they deserve. If we cannot help you, we will honestly tell you and refer you to other attorneys better specialized to take on the fight. To us, it’s personal!